First published in 1980, this volume is a print-on-demand facsimile re-issue of the 2004 edition and is a thorough reference guide to nest and egg identification. Compared to the 1980 edition, the 2004 edition (and thus this facsimile version) contains all-new colour plates and much additional material. Shape, size, colour, number of eggs in a clutch – all help identify the bird to which the eggs belong. This book carries a strong message to respect the environment that is being explored and to leave the eggs and nests undisturbed. It is therefore a way for birdwatchers and ornithologists to gain a greater insight into Australian birds without actually having to get close to nests.